Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has shown his support for Male Cancer Awareness Week by backing the FACE up to Prostate Cancer, a campaign which focuses on the three key factors associated to the condition.
One in three men in the UK say that they know nothing about prostate cancer and our own research shows that more than 60% of men say that they are not confident in identifying the signs and symptoms of the disease, with men over the age of 45 being the least knowledgeable (despite being in the age category most at risk).
In response to these figures, the male cancer charity, Orchid, have launched the FACE up to Prostate Cancer campaign, with a focus on three key risk factors and the predominant symptom associated with prostate cancer; family history, age, change in urinary habits and ethnicity. The main aim of the campaign is to increase public awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to know their risk and, if their risk is heightened, go and speak to their GP.
Now in its tenth year, Orchid’s Male Cancer Awareness Week is an important annual campaign to raise awareness of male specific cancers – prostate, testicular and penile cancer – and to provide practical advice, support and information on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was deeply concerned to hear of the high numbers of men, especially older men, who were not aware of the risks as well as the symptoms of prostate cancer.
“It’s fantastic that the Orchid charity raise awareness and support programmes that educate on prostate cancer as so often the most treatable cancers are the ones which are identified early.”